While reading information about Mumbai on wikitravel, before my next business trip, I have found an information about two scams, said to be popular in this city (or entire India?), which either lacks details or is completely not understandable by me. I will appreciate any help in explaining them.
First, in "To and from airport" section, there is an information:
There is a well-known scam with the employees here replacing your 500 rupee bill with a 100 rupee bill and giving you change for the latter.
Either I'm dumb, or I don't follow it. If employee is replacing my 500 rupee bill with 100 rupee bill and then he is giving me a change for the rest, then where seems to be the scam here?
Then, in "Stay safe" section there's a note:
There is a scam, in which a persons asks you for a change of 1000 INR currency note. Once you give him 2 500 INR notes he changes these notes to 2 100 INR without you noticing and thus demands 800 INR more from you. Beware when someone asks you change for 1000 INR.
Now, this is something, that I completely don't understand. In details:
- when someone asks for a change for 1000 INR bill, then why should I handle him 2500 INR?
- even if I give him 2500 INR bill, which he replace with 2100 INR bill (is there such bill anyway), then how can he ask for "missing" 800 INR, if 2500-2100 = 400 INR?
Thank you in advance for explaining me both of these scams.